Some brief overview of this book
The Beep Book is transcripts of interviews with over 100 game audio professionals from a range of areas of game sound's history. The majority of the interviews were conducted as part of the Beep documentary film project by director and author Karen Collins. These are supplemented by interviews done for Video Game Music Online by Chris Greening.
The book is ~410,000 words i The Beep Book is transcripts of interviews with over 100 game audio professionals from a range of areas of game sound's history. The majority of the interviews were conducted as part of the Beep documentary film project by director and author Karen Collins. These are supplemented by interviews done for Video Game Music Online by Chris Greening.
The book is ~410,000 words in length-a huge volume of material spanning decades of video game and pinball audio history. Interviews include artists such as Marty O'Donnell (Halo), George "The Fat Man" Sanger (7th Guest), Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts), and many, many more. The interviews aim to explore the changing nature of game audio over time.
Interviews are with people from all over the world, including Japan, USA, Canada & Europe, and took place from October 2014 to July 2016. They cover a range of expertise and experience levels, and include composers, sound designers, voice actors and directors, record labels, conductor, orchestrators, chip musicians, hardware and software creators, and more. If you're at all interested in game sound, or its history, we think you'll find something of interest here.
Many of the interviews have been or will be released as video content on our website, so feel free to preview some of them. Having them in a single book form means you've got them all in one place in a searchable, quotable format. If you've seen our Kickstarter campaign, you've seen the print books as two separate volumes.
The e-book combines those two books into one easily searchable document. Interviews: - Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy series) - Arnie Roth (conductor of Distant Worlds) - Becky Allen (Popcap audio director) - Chanel Summers (ex-Xbox audio evangelist) - Guy Whitmore (Peggle 2, NOLF, adaptive audio specialist) - Leonard Paul (EA audio turned chiptune artist, Beep composer) - Simon Ashby (Audiokinetic Wwise guy) - David Viens (Plogue chip guru) - Alexander Brandon (Deus Ex, Unreal series, Skyrim) - Alex Wilmer (Tomb Raider series) - Charles Deenen (Maniacs of Noise turned trailer expert) - Clint Bajakian (LucasArts, God of War, WoW) - Michael Land (LucasArts, iMuse creator) - David Warhol (Intellivision audio) - George Sanger (The "Fat Man": 7th Guest,Wing Commander) - Jason Graves (Dead Space, Tomb Raider) - Jenn Lewis (EA Sports turned indie audio) - Levon Lewis (Transformers, Golden Compass) - DB Cooper (VO artist: Bioshock, Beep!) - Michael Csurics (VO director) - Peter McConnell (LucasArts: Grim Fandango, Hearthstone) - Rudy Helm (Sierra On-Line) - Tracy Bush (WoW composer & voice of murlocs) - Tom White (director, MIDI Manufacturer's Association) - Spencer Hooks (game audio at Dolby) - Steve Horowitz (Nickelodeon and other kids games) - Chris Huelsbeck (C64 guru: Turrican series) - Brad Fuller (Atari coin-op) - Dren McDonald (Ravenwood series, Gathering Sky) - Jory Prum (LucasArts + Grim Remastered, Walking Dead) - Peter Drescher (ringtones, "annoying audio" guy) - Tom Rettig (Broderbund, Prince of Persia) - Brendan Becker (chiptuner responsible for Pretty Eight Machine) - Rich Heimlich (soundcard expert) - Brian Schmidt (Xbox and pinball) - Damian Kastbauer (technical sound designer, Uncharted) - David Thiel (pinball sound and Qbert's voice creator) - Marty O'Donnell (Halo, Destiny composer) - Nick Wiswell (Forza series) - Wilbert Roget II (Monkey Island remake, Tomb Raider) - Bryan Celano, Chip Beaman, Masanobu Tomita, Shannon Potter (Formosa Interactive) - Garry Schyman (Bioshock & Destroy All Humans series) - Jim Welch (Meriwether, slot machine audio) - Lance Hayes (Forza, Gears of War 3) - Richard Ludlow (Disney Infinity, The Raven) - Scott Gershin (Last of Us, Resident Evil 6) - Tom Salta (Ghost Recon, Halo anniversary) - Penka Kouneva (Transformers, Gears of War 3, WoW) - Winifred Phillips (Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Little Big Planet 3) - Gordon Durity (EA Sports) - Adele Cutting (Harry Potter series) - Anastasios Constantinou (Tazman Audio) - Graeme Norgate (GoldenEye 007, Crysis) - Allister Brimble (100+ Amiga titles) - James Hannigan (Dead Space 3, Harry Potter) - Joanna Orland (Wonderbook, God of War 3) - John Broomhall (Transport Tycoon, X-COM) - Mark Estdale (VO director on Game of Thrones, etc) - Nathan McCree (original Tomb Raiders) - Michael Kelly (Sony Playstation audio) - Rebecca Parnell (Evil Dead: Fistful of Boomstick) - Richard Jacques (Sonic series) - Sam Hughes (Lego Batman 3) - Scott Selfon (Microsoft audio) - Stephan Schütze (Polar Express, Jurassic Park) - Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana) - Hisayoshi Ogura (Darius, Arkanoid) - Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Monster Kingdom) - Koichi Namiki (Sega Sound Team) - Michiko Naruke (Wild Arms series) - Nobuyoshi Sano (Ridge Racer, Tekken series) - Noriyuki Iwadare (Grandia series, Lunar series) - Shinji Hosoe (Namco turned SuperSweep) - Tenpei Sato (Rhapsody, Valis, Disgaea series) - Tetsuya Shibata (Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry) - Yoko Shimomura (Mario & Luigi, Kingdom Hearts) - Yoshino Aoki (Mega Man, Breath of Fire series) - Yuji Takenouchi (Metal Gear 2 MSX) - Alberto Gonzales (Altered Beast, Tintin, Asterix) - Anders Carlsson (chiptune artist Goto80) - Shota Nakama (director of Video Game Orchestra) - Rob Bridgett (Prototype series, Scarface) - Harumi Fujita (Ghosts N Goblins, Mega Man) - Hideki Sakamoto (Echochrome, Yakuza) - Junko Tamiya (Strider, Bionic Commando) - Masahiro Aoki (Doujin Circles, Sengoku Basara) - Masashi Kageyama (Gimmick! Benkei Gaiden) - Michiru Yamane (Castlevania, Twinbee) - Ryuichi Nitta (Ninja Gaiden, Beatmania) - Saori Kobayashi (Sonic, Panzer Dragoon) - Takahiro Izutani (Metal Gear, Bayonetta) - Yasumasa Yamada (Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown) - Frederic Motte (Fury of the Furries, Pac in Time, Sam Power series)
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